by Jason DeWitt | Top Right News
A wild, violent mob caused utter chaos and the early closing of a Pittsburgh-area mall on the day after Christmas.
As many as 1,000 Black teens showed up at the Monroeville Mall at around 5:30 p.m. The massive turnout had apparently been organized through social media, with some groups planning a flash mob to steal merchandise, but others clearly came to settle scores.
The Mall is famous as the venue for the 1978 horror cult classic Dawn of the Dead by George A. Romero. And life was imitating art last night, as a wild mob caused complete chaos.
By 8 p.m. huge brawls fights breaking out among the youth had shoppers running for cover as the situation collapsed into complete mayhem. American Eagle and many other stores closed their doors to protect merchandise and customers inside their stores, as fights smashed windows and toppled clothing racks and shelves.
One witness described the scene:
On the lower floor, people were running into the stores to hide, said mall patron Joe Beers. We were obviously scared. We were thinking how worse of a situation it would have been if we were down on a lower floor.
According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Dozens of police officers from four agencies were called to the mall Friday evening after an initial 911 call. At least two youths were taken to the hospital and treated for serious injuries involving broken bones and contusions.
Here is the WTAE News report, which goes out of its way to avoid describing the participants: